Ever since this past March when we first heard that the legendary role-playing game Baldur's Gate was heading to the iPad in a new enhanced version, out excitement has been palpable. Brad and Eli are excited to relive a late-90s classic on the touchscreen, and yours truly has never had a chance to play said title, which I've heard is a crime in the gamer community. Well I'm more than ready to right that wrong as following an accidental release last week, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] has finally landed in the App Store.

If you happen to be an original iPad owner who's been awaiting Baldur's Gate: EE with bated breath, you might want to sit down for this. Beamdog's Trent Oster recently tweeted about running into memory problems with the iPad 1 due to it only having 256MB of RAM, but it sounded like they might have gotten a handle on it.

Sadly it doesn't look like that was the case, as Baldur's Gate: EE requires iOS 6 to install, which isn't supported on the original iPad effectively excluding it from compatibility. That's something that'll likely tick off owners of 2nd and 3rd generation iPads too who have held off on upgrading to iOS 6 for whatever reason. I'd say it's also entirely possible that they checked the wrong box in iTunes Connect or something and didn't actually mean to require iOS 6, but that's just speculation. As of right now the bottom line is you'll need to be running iOS 6 on anything newer than an original iPad to run the game.

If you're among those that are able to play Baldur's Gate: EE, you better clear your calendar. This bad boy promises upwards of 80 hours of gameplay, including some brand new content available as in-app purchases like a new adventure called The Black Pits and 3 new playable characters. If you buy the initial game and all IAP you'll be getting the exact same content as the desktop versions, which did launch last week without a hitch, and it'll be the exact same price. Of course if you don't splurge on the extra stuff you're still getting the entire original game for half the price as on other platforms at $9.99. Not bad.

We will of course be bringing you more on Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition soon, and you can stop by the forum thread to check out discussion and impressions as gamers are reliving - or even diving into for the first time - this classic RPG.

  • liviur

    It's not an iTunes connect checkbox.
    When you compile the app you choose the deployment target.
    iTunes connect then uses that info from the uploaded file.

  • syuyu

    Thank you for the news, you guys are amazing!

  • mudd

    OMBG

  • http://twitter.com/Rage_boi Vince

    A shame it requires iOS 6.0!

    • dekon

      Good it requires 6.0 :D No hacky cracky baldurs gate app for you.

    • http://twitter.com/tribalplague Gilbert Palau

      a shame you dont have the right hardware to run this...

      • Illuminerdy

        Oh, you're bad. ;)

      • http://twitter.com/Rage_boi Vince

        I am using an iPad 2 pal. I never understood the need to post snarky/smart-ass replies...I suppose it provides some false sense of superiority,

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neal-L-Ensor/1664689766 Neal L Ensor

    Another nail driven into my iPad 1's coffin. With my forehead. Sometimes being an early adopter bites you.

    • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

      I got tons of use from my original iPad, but when I bought it, I felt that Apple gimped it so they could create a reason to upgrade in the future.

      If you can swing the cash, you won't be sorry if/when you move up to the iPad 3S...at least until a proper iPad 4...wait...iPad 5...no...iPad 6, comes out! :-P

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neal-L-Ensor/1664689766 Neal L Ensor

        Would love to get "the new iPad" as soon as my wallet finds "the new $500".

      • http://twitter.com/tribalplague Gilbert Palau

        sell the iPad 1 for $199 on ebay then use that money to buy the new iPad.

      • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

        Agree with Gilbert. I had an original iPad with 64 GB & 3G+wifi in perfect condition that I sold for $300 when the iPad 3 came out. That really helped with the upgrade cost! See if you can sell that iPad (and don't forget to completely wipe out the settings and data).

    • darkcrayon

      I wouldn't say this is an early adopter issue... I mean If it came out 12 months after the original iPad and then only worked on the iPad 2, then maybe :) This is just a "sometimes not upgrading even when the product has been revised 3 times bites you" :)

    • http://twitter.com/tribalplague Gilbert Palau

      The first iPad was released a while ago, and it still runs perfectly well some software. You cant expect newer things to run well there because it would prove in a bad experience for the consumer. Adopting early is part of geekery, but its not perpetual my friend. Eventually my iPad 4 will become obsolete as well.

  • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

    Woke up to find BGEE listed on your sister site, AppShopper. Wow! That made my morning! Already bought and installing right now. Will miracles never cease?! :-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/tarasis Robert McGovern

    "which did launch last week without a hitch" -- you obviously haven't been reading the games forum. The release was a mess with some obvious bugs missed, poor performance on Intel GPUs, bugs in the new content they added (like new character repeating what they say) and strong mixed opinions on the new cinematics. Not to mention they've had 3 patches in a week so far.

    Something they can't easily do with the iPad version (much as I want to buy it).

    • bigballer

      Apps are updated all the time. Things will get ironed out.

  • Doctorossi

    <- Patiently awaiting the iPhone version.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Mayer/709955662 Bob Mayer

      I don't see how that would be possible.

      • http://twitter.com/fr33z33 Herr Vorragend

        They're trying out UI concepts for iPhone - nothing definite yet

  • gogo

    I had been eagerly waiting for this... What a disapointment! The game is practically unplayable...

    • bobcorrigan

      @Gogo, what iPad are you playing it on? 1, 2, 3 or 4? If it is unplayable on 3 or 4, is the issue bugs?

    • http://twitter.com/tribalplague Gilbert Palau

      I have an iPad 4 and it's playing really well... so far.

    • SpacePenguinBot

      I agree. Playing it on an iPad 3 the issue doesn't seem like bugs so much as the interface design. There hasn't been enough optimizing to make it work well on a touch screen. More visual feedback is needed so I can tell where my touch registered. Especially with the 'touch and hold" mechanic, I am often left wondering if I hit the right spot and how long I have to hold before something happens.

      I've made it through the tutorial, and into the main game, but I still feel like the controls are hit-and-miss.

  • http://bogdanboiangiu.com/ bbcversus

    I Want it SO MUCH on iPhone!!! Cmon, I will play it on that tiny screen only do it pleeeeeaaaaase!

    • 1Fcm

      I just don't see a future with an iPhone version of Baldurs Gate. The UI would be a tiny nightmare. :)

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    Darn it--I've been waiting for this for ages but all I have is the OG iPad.
    :(

  • Plynx

    I can't get this until The iOS 6 jailbreak... As cool as this is, nothing beats f.lux !

    • KenGriffeyIII

      Is anybody even working on that? Seems the jailbreaking community has really died down since iOS 6.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Shame it doesn't support the first iPad. It doesn't bother me as much as it might have though since I just did a play through of the original version touched up with mods on my Netbook a few months back. I currently got a character going through the second game and not really ready for a playthru of the first game again yet. For now I think I'll just leave Baldur's Gate to my Netbook and maybe have another look into this when I have a new iPad. I can understand those who are upset about it requiring iOS 6, as I have an iPod touch with it and agree with those who don't really consider it a better OS. Personally I like iOS 5 better myself, iOS 6 seems to have more flash than true improvements. Most likely though this was the developers way of keeping people from downloading it to the original iPad. They could have received the same effect through by requiring a camera or a gyro.

    On a side note, anyone who's on an iPad 1 and disappointed by this might want to check out Spiderweb's games. They're not Buldar's Gate, but they're very good old school style CRPGs that should appeal to fans this kind of RPG.

  • Peteostro

    Any one play it yet? Does the interface work on the iPad?

  • MrSpud

    Wow! The game just hit the number one spot overall in the app store! And they say it's a dying genre...

  • TimCapelle

    Well I was excited, then I went to download and it says "IOS 6 ONLY TY BYE." I have the iPad 3 running ios 5. Not willing to give up my jailbreak for this, even though it looks hella good. I use iFile waaaaaaaaaaayyy too much. Maybe soon iOS 6 will get JB though.. ::crosses fingers::

  • Peteostro

    I got through the tutorial on my iPad mini and I have to say I am very happy. I played this game when it first came out on the pc when I was a kid, but I never finished it (computer died and lost my saved game) loved it then and this version so far is great. Sure there are quirks but I can't believe I get to play this on a tablet!

  • http://twitter.com/console Bernd Kilga

    I did get a refund from Apple. The lack of path-finding makes it a total pain to play without a mouse.

  • alflo3000

    Anyone else still singing praises for this buggy game? I was as excited as the rest of you all, but this game should have waited to come out to us in this state. Totally disappointed.